Meaning and name origin
Desmond \d(e)-smo-nd, des-mond\ as a boy's name is pronounced DEZ-mund. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Desmond is "from South Munster". An Irish surname referring to Munster, one of the five regions of ancient Ireland. South African cleric and activist Bishop Desmond Tutu.
Desmond is a very popular first name for males (#581 out of 1220, Top 48%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5129 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Desmond for boys. Desmond reached its highest rank of #264 in the U.S. in 1992. (2014 statistics).
A suggested similar baby name is Demond. This name tends to be less commonly used than Desmond.